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May 2018

InnoSTARS Competition and the 3rd Annual US China Innovation & Investment Summit

The World Affairs Council of Austin is a returning partner organization for the 2018 InnoSTARS Competition and the 3rd Annual US China Innovation & Investment Summit in Houston 14-15 May 2018.   Over 200 US companies and 300 Chinese investors will be attending the Summit in Houston. Innovative companies have until May 4th to apply and compete for prize money, an all-expense paid trip to China, and specialized business matchmaking. For company qualifications and deadline details visit the InnoStars website:…

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Governor’s Business Forum and Small Business Awards Luncheon


The World Affairs Council of Austin along with the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM-Austin) & the Office of Governor Greg Abbott presents the Governor’s Business Forum on 15 May 2018.  Join corporate executives, entrepreneurs,  community leaders, and government officials working to strengthen business relationships, recognize corporate excellence and promote business growth in Texas. In addition to the Governor’s Small Business Awards Luncheon, Forum attendees will learn how to do business with the state of Texas; how to enhance your business…

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Beyond Borders: Business Opportunities for Exporters

Tap into the global marketplace by unleashing the power of exporting! Learn how to Increase Working Capital; Enter new markets; Close more export sales and Spread the risk. Hear from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of the Governor, Texas Department Of Agriculture, U.S. Commercial Services & UTSA SBDC International Trade Center about your Export Opportunities on 17 May at 9:00 am in the State Capitol.      SIGN UP here:  Please follow and like us:

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World Spins Series: China, Innovation and Us

Join us for China, Innovation and Us featuring David Firestein, founding director, China Public Policy Center.  Throughout his career, Firestein has played an active role advancing U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia trade. He has also produced path-breaking thought leadership, scholarship and Capitol Hill testimony on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation, and the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict today. Firestein is native Austinite who speaks Mandarin at near-native…

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June 2018

Investor Education Forum for Consumer Products Industry


The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade is a partner organization with SKU, the premiere accelerator for the growing consumer products (CPG) industry. The consumer products (CPG) industry is hot, and emerging CPG brands present an opportunity for investors, at every stage of the game, to profitably diversify their portfolios.  For investors at every stage of the game, emerging CPG brands present an opportunity for a profitably diversified portfolio. However, understanding how to pick winning CPG companies and knowing…

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Consumer Product Showcase Pitch Event


The World Affairs Council of Austin’s Center for Global Trade is a partner organization with SKU, the premiere accelerator for the growing consumer products (CPG) industry. Seven amazing startups and their 60 Mentors have been hard at work preparing the SKU 6 companies to scale. We’re excited to celebrate their progress and listen to their visions for the path ahead. SKU companies will take the stage to tell their brand stories and make time afterward to meet and greet interested investors and community…

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  • 25th June 2018 - Monday
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CANCELED: Mexico’s Perspective on NAFTA Negotiations

DUE TO A FAMILY MEDICAL EMERGENCY, OUR SPEAKER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRAVEL TO AUSTIN   The World Affairs Council of Austin in collaboration with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy, and the Texas Camino Real District Export Council, presents an exclusive executive briefing on the NAFTA negotiations featuring Guillermo Malpica Soto, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office in the Ministry of Economy at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. Mr. Malpica will…

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July 2018

International Business Coalition Meeting

The International Business Coalition (IBC) strives to develop international business in central Texas, focusing its efforts on: Attracting foreign direct investment; Encouraging international business relocation to central Texas; and Promoting international trade among central Texas businesses. This regular meeting of the Central Texas International Business Coalition will include global trade updates. With gratitude to our partner and host:   ______________________________________________________________   Please follow and like us:

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Austria to Austin Entrepreneur Welcome Reception

Join the World Affairs Council of Austin, the Office of Science and Technology Austria, and participants of 3 Day Startup’s Austria to Austin program, as they elaborate on their startups and how they hope to become innovation bridges between the U.S.A. and Austria! Expect: – young internationally minded Austrian entrepreneurs; – elevator pitches from industry experts; – delicious Austrian food and drink! REGISTER HERE During their time in Austin, the student entrepreneurs will gain exposure to one of the most…

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August 2018

Doing Business in Japan

$5 - $10

Experience Japan at the Oita Japan Festival!   You won’t want to miss the “Doing Business in Japan” seminar (from 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm and if you miss the first one, it will be repeated from 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm) during the Festival (which runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm).  Texas exported over $6 billion in goods and services to Japan.  Japan is also a top five export market for central Texas companies.  Be sure to attend this…

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